From TED - Rabbi Sharon Brous: It's Time to Reclaim Religion

From TED: At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant -- or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.

RCD Podcast - Episode 2 - Sister Patty Cook

I met Sister Patricia Cook five years ago in my search for a Spiritual Director in Southern Connecticut. Sister Patty, who practices at Mercy by the Sea Retreat Center in Madison, CT, has been a member of the Sisters of Mercy for over 65 years. She has served as an educator, retreat and spiritual director, and a retired prison Chaplain.

She has had a profound impact on my personal spiritual journey and when we started the RCD Podcast I knew she had to be one of our first guests.

On this episode of the RCD Podcast, Sister Patty and I talk about her personal spiritual journey, what it means to approach God as "companion", and how to pray for those we disagree with.

From Busted Halo: Why We Should Listen More Than We Talk

When we’re in trouble or suffering, having someone truly listen to us, even if they can’t offer a solution, can be a great comfort. But being a good listener isn’t as easy as it sounds. I clearly remember attending a training course where the instructor asked us to share a little about ourselves with the person sitting next to us. She then asked me to share what my partner had told me. Silence. I’d been so busy thinking about what I was saying that I hardly remembered what my partner had said, and I wasn’t alone!

From BuildFaith: Plan an Epiphany Party...with King Cake!

The Feast of the Epiphany, January 6th, is just around the corner. There are many ideas to celebrate this remembrance of the Visitation of the Magi. Every Epiphany party could use a special cake, room decorations as well as community singing. Here are some ideas to add to your own church's tradition to mark this feast day on our church calendar. (Sharon Ely Pearson)

From The Living Church: Analog Church

Long before the creeds made their appearance, our apostolic faith was intensely sacramental. The first Christians did not hold evangelism workshops or issue white papers on what it meant to follow Jesus and proclaim and establish his kingdom on earth. Their theology of evangelism was real and incarnational, rooted in simple yet concrete acts of worship, compassion, mercy, and community-building. They “kept it close to the ground,”

From Political Theology Network: The Gifts We Give

The magi arrive at the home where Jesus and Mary are, and they do not question whether Jesus “needs” their gifts. They do not comment on how humble or how exceptional his dwelling is (in fact, Matthew never mentions it!). They do not ask to see his birth certificate or his green card. They simply kneel before Jesus and offer him their gifts of indulgence: “Gold, as to a king; myrrh, as to one who was mortal; and incense, as to a God.”[2] These gifts show that the magi “get” Jesus. They understand who he is and who he will grow to be; they honor him.

Happy New Year from RCD!

Happy New Year! We’ve been quiet through December but are excited for a new year with a line up of great podcasts, sermons, and news for YOU. Stay tuned for our next RCD Cast on Friday!

From Priest Pulse: A Magnificent Evangelist and Where to Find Her - S04E04 feat. Patricia Lyons

The Rev. Patricia (Tricia) Lyons is the Evangelism and Community Engagement in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington DC, administrator of the Episcopal Evangelist network on Facebook, and author of Teaching Faith with Harry Potter: A Guidebook for Parents and Educators for Multigenerational Faith Formation. Tricia has also served on the Presiding Bishop’s team that helped construct The Way of Love campaign.